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Iran nuclear deal: European nations ‘siding with ayatollahs’ – Pompeo
BBC

USAF rethinks relationship between conventional, nuclear weapons
Air Force Magazine

Biden on North Korea: Fewer summits, tighter sanctions, same standoff
Reuters

United States

Senators warn Trump Saudi-Chinese uranium plant risks spread of nuclear weapons
Wall Street Journal8/19/20
A bipartisan group of U.S. senators warned President Trump on Wednesday that Saudi Arabia’s undeclared nuclear and missile programs pose a serious threat to efforts to stop the spread of nuclear weapons in the region and requested briefings on the subject.

USAF rethinks relationship between conventional, nuclear weapons
Air Force Magazine8/19/20
The Air Force is crafting new policy that envisions more fluidity between conventional and nuclear weapons, as well as a broader range of options to keep others from using their own nuclear weapons.

OPINION: The logic of ICBMs, and why a President Biden is certain to agree
ForbesLoren Thompson
8/20/20
There has been a flurry of commentaries recently speculating that a Biden administration might not proceed with plans to replace the nation’s 50-year-old force of intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs).

OPINION: MDA Head: Homeland missile defense effort needs enhanced network
US Naval InstituteJohn Grady
8/20/20
To get to a layered, in-depth homeland missile defense system developing key networking and communications links between ballistic missile defense ships and at-shore installations is crucial, the head of the Missile Defense Agency said this week.

East Asia

Biden on North Korea: Fewer summits, tighter sanctions, same standoff
Reuters8/20/20
If Joe Biden is elected U.S. president, American policy toward North Korea is likely to see less emphasis on personal dealings with leader Kim Jong Un, and more focus on allies and working-level diplomacy, campaign advisers and former officials say.

Unification minister calls for China’s ‘constructive’ role in resumption of inter-Korean talks
Yonhap8/21/20
Unification Minister Lee In-young called Wednesday for China to play a “constructive” role in the resumption of inter-Korean dialogue and to help bring permanent peace and stability to the Korean Peninsula.

Middle East

Iran nuclear deal: European nations ‘siding with ayatollahs’ – Pompeo
BBC8/21/20
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has accused European allies of “siding with the ayatollahs” after they said the US could not reimpose sanctions on Iran.

Pompeo warns Russia, China against ignoring move to reimpose U.N. sanctions on Iran
Reuters8/19/20
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned Russia and China not to disregard the reimposition of all United Nations sanctions on Iran, which President Donald Trump has directed him to trigger at the U.N. Security Council in New York on Thursday.

Russia and Europe

Russia will focus on arms control at the 75th session of the U.N. General Assembly
TASS8/20/20
According to Russian Foreign Minister, Russia will continue to work on building up international cooperation in the fight against terrorism, disarmament and non-proliferation.

U.S. refusal makes it impossible to hold summit on Iran as proposed by Russia, says Kremlin
TASS8/19/20
On August 14, Russian President Vladimir Putin proposed holding an online summit of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council, Germany and Iran soon to focus on the JCPOA implementation issues.